zaterdag 29 mei 2010

Bug 184532 RESOLVED: Industrial Connector moved to Eclipselabs


The Mylyn project has grown tremendously and taken on new directions since bug 184532 [connector] Generic SQL connector was opened in 2007. Widescale adoption and praise for Mylyn and the foundation of Tasktop was followed by the release of many commercial connectors.
As Mik has pointed out elsewhere, the Mylyn dev team simply does not have the resources to maintain the many contributions offered, one of which was this SQL connector.
This is the only way for the Mylyn project to stay in innovation mode, stay out of maintenance mode! We understand and respect that decision as we too will benefit from that innovation.

The Industrial SQL Connector for Mylyn does have an active though not very visible user community as it is the basis of the Mylyn connector of the commercial software change management product of Remain Software.

As can be seen from the entries in bug 184532 mentioned above also some people have used the Industrial SQL Connector to create connections to their in-house SQL based systems.

Move to

For this reason we have decided to take the opportunity to join the newly formed with code hosting at Google code, and no longer actively pursue becoming part of mylyn core. There we will have our own dedicated Wiki, issue tracker, SVN repository and update site, so we no longer have to free ride on the infrastucture.
As a consequence the projects and packages will be renamed to get rid of the org.eclipse.mylyn.* prefix and revert back to com.industrialtsi.mylyn.*, but will keep the EPL as license.

The new location for the project and source code is here:

We will be updating the Wiki and blog in the days to come. We fixed some more bugs, upgraded the version to 0.9.6 and offer a preliminary update site here:

We are also present in the Eclipse Marketplace to be ready for Helios release here:

The above is an edited and more elaborate version of the closing comment on bug 184532.

dinsdag 11 mei 2010

Preparing for Helios & Eclipse Marketplace

Have you also created plugin that you want to make easy to install? Then make sure your plugin is listed at Eclipse Marketplace and add the feature ids of the base install from you site.xml. 5 minutes work that make it a lot easier for your users!

Upcoming Eclipse Helios release

I received a mail recently from the ever active Lynn Gayowski, the Marketing Events Manager for the Eclipse Foundation.
The upcoming Helios release is one huge event and everybody in the eco system can be involved, either by testing the milestones or by preparing for one of the exiting UI improvements in Helios: the Eclipse Marketplace client.

Eclipse Marketplace client

The Eclipse Marketplace is the website where you can find hundreds of plugins and RCP applications that will make your work easier: special purpose editors, task management, source code control, ...
Until now you could lookup a plugin on the marketplace and then use the update site for that plugin to install it in your eclipse.
A complicated process that involves webbrowser, search, copy, eclipse, add update site, paste, select, install, restart. This quickly adds up to several minutes. In Helios this is all replaced by a single menu selection Help/Eclipse Solution Catalogs.

Only 5 minutes to set up!

Lynn requested that I provide information to make this client also show the Industrial SQL Connector for Mylyn that I have blogged about here in the past. The steps to take are clearly described here. It is basically copying the feature id's from your site.xml to the data in the market place.

All in all it took me just 5 minutes to set up for two solutions I manage, including editing the descriptions in HTML to look nice in the information hover, and adding an image. Thanks for the tip Lynn!